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The World's Weirdest Festivals
The world is full of unique cultures and celebrations that can be entertaining, exciting, humbling and sometimes eyebrow raising. Here are a few of the world’s weirdest festivals that are worth checking out if you are in the area.
Boryeong Mud Festival
Throughout the year South Korea has many festivals that are focused on the seasons and religion, and many participants wear the traditional korean clothing, hanboks. But the Boryeong Mud Festival is quite a different story. This 10-day celebration on Daecheon Beach in July sees thousands come and have fun in the mud, most of them westerners. Whether you want to mud wrestle or try your hand at mud skiing, this is the place to be.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Another unique festival is celebrated in Hong Kong. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival runs in May and is a week long festival that is entertaining for young and old. One of the highlights is called bun snatching where 12 contestants race up a 60 ft steel tower that is covered in buns. The goal is to collect as many as you can in 3 minutes.
World Toe Wrestling Championships
For those that enjoy a little competition, the World Toe Wrestling Championships in the small village of Fenny Bentley in Derbyshire might be more enticing to observe or even participate in. If you want to see how good you are at this you will need to get your toes examined and passed by a nurse. From there you just sit across from a stranger and do your magic. The first foot forced to touch the ‘toedium’ loses but it’s best out of three.
Noche de Rabanos, also known as the Night of the Radishes, originated when local merchants in Oaxaca, Mexico sculpted radishes in order to attract customers. in 1897 it officially became a festival and now gives local craftsman and artisans a chance to show off their carving skills in oversized radishes for many to enjoy.